Windward Celebrates Dyslexia Awareness Month

As a pillar of The Windward Institute (WI), advocacy supports the mission to increase childhood literacy rates by disrupting the educational status quo to save more lives. The Windward Institute honored Dyslexia Awareness Month in October through: 

  • sharing resources
  • supportive allyship
  • shaping the future

Sharing Resources

Fall Community Lecture: Kristen Wynn, State Literacy Director for Mississippi DOE, presented A Roadmap for Success: Mississippi’s Journey to Improve Literacy Outcomes for 500 constituents from 33 states and 13 countries. In this presentation, Ms. Wynn shared actionable successful approaches that can be applied in schools and communities to achieve the improvements in reading education as documented in Mississippi.

The Beacon: The Fall 2021 issue of the biannual journal, shone attention on educational issues of empowerment and equity featuring Resha Conroy, founding member of the Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children; Fall Community lecturer, Kristen Wynn; and members of The Windward Institute.

Supportive Allyship

Homecoming: Members from The Windward Institute team engaged with members of The Windward School community, including alumni and current faculty and staff, to continue their work of being advocates for people with language-based learning disabilities and sharing in the mission to #disrupt4dyslexia.

Advocate Day: Members of the Windward faculty and staff received Advocate pins to wear in recognition of the multitude of ways they advocate for The Windward School students and others every day. The Windward Institute is grateful to be part of a community with the enthusiasm and commitment to work towards a world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success. See photos of TWS faculty and staff advocates.

Shaping the Future

Advocate Lesson Plan: Members of The Windward School faculty joined Director of Language Arts and Instruction Betsy Duffy in delivering a vocabulary lesson plan for the word advocate in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month. Students across all campuses enjoyed learning what it means to be an advocate for themselves and others. 

Thought Leadership: Dr. Russell, EdD, Special Projects Advisor for The Windward Institute, presented “Disrupting the Status Quo:  Advancing Evidence-based Practices for Teaching Reading” for 55 Jamaican educators from around the island, which included members from Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission and the Ministry of Education.  Participants left feeling charged and empowered with the knowledge and tools to advocate as educators for evidence-based professional development supported by the Science of Reading, to provide the most effective methodology for teaching reading to all students. This presentation was hosted by Winsome Wishes for Kids (New York-based 501 c 3 non-profit organization). Read the article here.